Winter Safety Tips For Children

Winter Safety Tips for Children

Winter weather offers children the chance to enjoy all kinds of fun outdoors. Make sure your children
are dressed for outdoor play so that they can enjoy all that the season has to offer.

Here are a few things to consider:

Winter dressing: Dress them in several layers of clothing and make sure their head, neck and hands are
covered. If they get too hot, they can remove a layer at a time. Babies and younger children will require
one more layer than an adult would wear. Remind them to come indoors when they are wet or cold.
Make sure that they are wearing a warm water-proof boots that are roomy for them to wiggles their
toes. Be aware of clothing hazards and remove drawstrings for their clothing. Use Velcro instead and a neck
warmer instead of a scarf. Not only is it safer, but it is also less cumbersome and prevents strangulation.

Sunscreen: Is needed in the winter. Yes, both children and adults should wear sunscreen because we
can get sunburn during the winter as the sun reflects off the snow.

Head gears: children should wear a proper fitting head equipment when playing ice-hockey, snow-
boarding, sledding, skating and skiing.

Humidifier: Having a cold-air humidifier in your child’s room help to prevent nose bleeds especially if
they get nose bleeds on a regular basis.

Hydration: ensure that children drink lots of hot drinks, (hot chocolates, soups etc.) as they tend to lose
more water through breathing.

Frostbite: Is freezing of the skin and tissues below the skin. Keep children’s skin from being exposed to
harsh temperatures to avoid frostbite. Some common signs are pale or gray or blisters on fingers, ear,
toes and nose. If frostbite is suspected put the affected area in warm (not hot) water for about 30
minutes. For more serious situations please consult with a physician.

Playing safe: Keep children away from snow removal equipment. Also, direct them to play a safe
distance from water, where the ground is semi-frozen and away from the road. The driver of a snow
plow may not be able to see a child playing in the snow.

Enjoy the winter & stay safe.!